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IL concealed carry instructors warn applicants to check their training

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Nearly 100 concealed carry applications have been denied in Illinois this week after the Illinois State Police says two instructors were caught improperly certifying their students.

So, how do you make sure your training is valid?

Within a few minutes, Great River Firearms Training instructor Phil Alexander had taught WGEM's Kendra Whittle some basics: how to check to see if the gun was loaded, and the proper way to prepare to shoot. He says he's seen a range of students come through to take his course - from people who have never picked up a gun, to gun experts like Clive Courty, who runs "Gun Fun" in Quincy. But he says, despite his years of experience, he still knew the importance of the time in the classroom.
"Even if you know a lot about guns, there's several aspects of the law you don't know about, as far as when and where you can carry a firearm."
But Alexander says not all instructors are teaching the class the way they should and instead, are cutting corners.
"What we're hearing, and again it's just what we're hearing, is that they're not giving enough time. For example, if an applicant needs a full sixteen hours, they're not getting a full sixteen hours."
Alexander says in his class, they cover basic gun safety, as well as the Illinois concealed carry law. These are both things he says should be in any course.
"It's also range time, and a minimum of four hours of range time," Alexander says.
Alexander says the best way to make sure your instructor is valid is to ask to see their concealed carry instructor permit from the state police. Also, he says, one of the best things to do is ask a lot of questions.  
"Give me an idea or an overall synopsis of what you're going to cover, and how it's going to benefit me," he says.  

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